Cat declawing grosses veterinarians $1200 per hour

Cat declawing grosses veterinarians $1200 per hour

by Michael
(London, UK)

What can I say. The Paw Project on Facebook have calculated that veterinarians make $1200 per hour declawing cats. That is why they hate, detest, are extremely anxious a ban on declawing cats. I guess that was obvious but it is nice to see a figure. Thanks Paw Project.

The calculation is worked out from a dearly departed vet who says:

“Declawing cats ‘is not bad at all’ said Folkers, whose office declaws 15 to 20 house cats each month — a third of all cats he sees — for fees of $245 to $350.”

Dr Folkers grosses $54,000 to $72,000 per year just from declawing says the Paw Project author.

One astonishing factor is that a front paw declaw (10 paws) takes 15 minutes!! Gotta push it along, keep moving them in and out the clinic.

If there are 20 million cats declawed in the USA (a fair estimate) and if the average cost is $300…the total gross revenue from declawing is:



$6 billion US dollars.

Uhmmm…I see the dilemma for Mr. Vet. The cornerstone of society. The admired one who does the right thing at all times….

He’ll have to relinquish that new car if there is a ban. Or forgo that new extension to his 5 bedroom house in the best part of town. Ohhh..what a tragedy.

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Cat declawing grosses veterinarians $1200 per hour

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Jul 15, 2011 Your couch
by: Kitty N

So, you are ashamed to show your name. You should be!! YOu value your COUCH more than you do you living creatures. Why are you even on POC? Shouldn’t you be on Pictures of Sofas?? This is apparently what is MOST important to you!! You fail to get your cat a proper scratching post and you fail to train them. So you think, “What the hell. I’ll just chop his toes off. That will take care of my laziness!! Yay for me!! Who cares if my sweet cat will be in pain for the rest of his life. My sofa will be safe! That is what is MOST important!”

Nice. I am glad I don’t know who you are.

Btw, My last name is Novich. Feel free to look me up on FB. I would LOVE to take you on.

Jul 15, 2011 Disgusting!!!!!!
by: Mrs M

I do not know how the doctors who declaw cats are able to sleep at night.
They must have no conscience and certainly not a scrap of compassion for the creatures they cripple.
Imagine them laughing all the way to the bank with their ill gotten gains from fools like the anonymous firm believer in declawing who is typical of the ignorant heartless people the doctors do this disgusting surgery on behalf of.
Yes declawing must be banned and as soon as possible.

Jul 13, 2011 To the firm believer in declawing
by: Ruth

So when are you booking an appointment to have your own finger ends removed ? Your finger ends are equivelent to the cats toe ends you have so blithely written off so you do need to experience yourself the shock and pain cats feel.
Yes vets go to school for many years but they go to learn how to treat and cure animals, not to learn how to mutilate them for the convenience sake of people like you.
When they qualify, they take an oath to cause no animal to suffer. Vets who declaw cats break that oath because it does cause much suffering.
Why do you think declawing is banned in 38 countries as animal abuse and the vets in those countries shudder at the thought of such cruelty merely to make a lot of money ?
Think about it……

Jul 13, 2011 Decalwing ?????
by: Ted

Whatever is decalwing ?
Oh dear what an ignorant and inhumane person you are anonymous,you are in such a hurry to let us know your views you don’t even spell correctly the surgery that amputates cats finger ends.
It’s people like you who make a ban on this abuse of cats imperative and have no fear anonymous it WILL be banned.
Thankfully you who think cats are objects to adapt are outnumbered now and soon you won’t be able to pay a corrupt vet to perform this evil operation on any more cats.
My advice,don’t get any more cats!They don’t deserve to live with a person who thinks more of their precious inanimate furniture than the welfare of a sentient being.

Jul 12, 2011 Cat decalwing law
by: Anonymous

I dont want to see this law past! The vet’s have gone to School for years and just like a MD or a DO that charge Millions of dollars for use to see them in the office . So I see no reason for your Cats Kittens not to be declaw. I had One Cat whom I didnt Declaw and he Detroy my couch any my other things in my home. I am a firm believer in declawing and keeping my cat in doors.


Jul 05, 2011 Cat Declawing grosses Veterinarians $ 1200 per hour?
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Michael , thanks for the “STATISTICAL ECONOMIC FACYS” of “DE-CLAWING CATS” in America. as an Indian from Mumbai, i find the income of these veterinarians unbelievable, a “Million Dollar profession”.
I personally feel that “DE-CLAWING” of cats would never ever be banned entirely in U.S.A as it is a great source of wealth and income to the Veterinary profession.Ultimately, its left to the cat owners to decide if “DE-CLAWING” is the best remedy for their cats and themselves.As for me, i would never ever “DE-CLAW” my 2 cats, although they have destroyed a lot of my personal furniture,since cats have to be cats and not pet toys.

Jul 04, 2011 Fries with that?
by: Kitty N

I live across the street from a very posh vets office. I was so proud when I carried my furson, Budd, across they way to have him neutered. I was taking him to the BEST in town! While we sat in the waiting room, the recetionist looked at me and asked “Where you going to have him declawed, as well?” The tone in her voice was that of “Would you like fries with that?” My reply, “No. I do not wish to mutilate my cats paws!” I collected Budd and drove him across town to a sweet old man, who does not believe in declawing. This vet has a very old office and one vet tech. Not posh by any stretch of the word. Best decision I ever made!! He took wonderful care of my Budd.

Jul 04, 2011 Declawing should be banned everywhere!
by: Lynn

I’m not surprised by this figure. I wish this barbaric practice was outlawed worldwide!

There are better ways to deter scratching, how about buying some scratching posts? playing with your cats? We have a multi cat household and do not believe in declawing at all!

Shame on the vets who are willing to do this to a Cat….they need to wake up to the reality of this nasty surgery! Leave the cat’s nails alone. They are part of their bodies…!!

Jul 04, 2011 Obscene blood money
by: Ruth

By my calculations that is £746.22 in English money, if I’m right that is around what an OAP has to live on here for 6 weeks !
No wonder they advertise declawing and are able to offer neuter/declaw packages with discount and why they don’t give a damn about breaking their sworn oath to cause no animal suffering.
After all what does a cat’s welfare matter to them against having a bank account stuffed with blood money.
It’s an obscene and disgusting amount of money made in an obscene and disgustingly cruel way.
SHAME on vets who declaw, they should be struck off for putting wealth above health and SHAME on the AVMA for letting them do this !
Come on Americans, boycott ALL declaw vets, don’t help fill their bank accounts in any way at all.
Only people power can stop them profiting from the suffering of cats !

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Jul 04, 2011 This explains a lot
by: Maggie

Now I see why vets promote and advertise declawing with such determination. They really are as we so often describe them: money hungry vets. All the more reason to get it banned, animals are living creatures, not objects that can be exploited for money.

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